Hamilton rises above ‘horrible’ session
Lewis Hamilton says he had one of many worst qualifying periods he can keep in mind, regardless of qualifying on pole place for the Russian Grand Prix.
Mercedes has regarded comfortably quickest all through the race weekend in Russia and was attempting to qualify with each vehicles on the medium tire in Q2 however Hamilton noticed a lap time deleted after which his second try cancelled by a pink flag proper on the finish of his lap. With solely two minutes remaining, Hamilton used comfortable tires to ensure he progressed — which implies he’ll begin on the softer compound whereas teammate Valtteri Bottas is on mediums straight behind him in P3.
“The session was… oh, it was one of many worst qualifying periods; it was horrible,” Hamilton stated. “Coronary heart in your mouth the entire means. The primary drawback, I feel I received the time taken away. It’s the primary time I’ve gone vast there the entire weekend. I needed to remain out and do one other lap and get a banker, however they stated are available and get new tires after which the pink flag got here out.
“It was an actual danger as soon as we received out on that subsequent tire on the finish. Finally, I’m beginning on the comfortable tire, which isn’t good. It’s good being on pole however right here might be the worst place to be on pole, with the draggier vehicles we have now this yr. So, undoubtedly I’m probably to get dragged previous tomorrow and each the vehicles I’m racing in opposition to — they’re each on the medium tomorrow, so positively it’s going to make it arduous to win the race.
“However nonetheless I’m going to remain optimistic and check out to determine how I can navigate my means by way of — get an excellent begin perhaps, and we’ll see.”
Hamilton is already pondering of various approaches he’ll take to his race if he doesn’t achieve a bonus off the road by beginning on a softer compound than Max Verstappen and Bottas behind.
“I’m simply going to deal with my race and simply attempt to run the quickest race I can. Clearly I’m on the worst tire to begin on the race — typically it’s an excellent tire to do an precise begin however it has the largest degradation, 10 occasions greater than every other tire, I feel it’s. In order that’s going to be a battle.
“I don’t know if that places me onto a two-stop. Unlikely, as a result of the pit lane is just too gradual, so I’m simply going to should nurse these tires so far as I can. These guys, in the event that they get by, they’re going to be pulling away, so going to take a seat down tonight to attempt to determine if there’s a distinct form of race I can do tomorrow to maintain my place.”